Eating Out: Wanderlust Creamery

The Boy and I had an hour to kill in the Silver Lake this weekend, and true to form we went straight to Yelp and tried to find something good to eat. We ended up at Wanderlust Creamery in Atwater Village and I’d consider it a rousing success.

Ice Cream

Wanderlust Creamery is, I’ll admit it, one of those chic and pricey ice cream shops. Great light, white and wood decor with some greenery, your typical “hipster” joint. But the hipsters bring the good food with them, and I’m cool with that. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 14 and 15

Whoops, got a bit behind on updates (I’ve stayed true to getting my photos each week, however)! Let me catch you up…

Week 14 – Technical: Panning [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Use the technique of panning to capture a subject in movement. Panning is using a slower shutter speed while following the subject with the camera to create the sense of movement in an image.

This. Was. Difficult. I made the poor Boy run back and forth through the snow to capture this shot, but I’m not sure how the professionals manage it…

Dogwood Week 14

Week 15 – Artistic: Hard [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your artistic inspiration this week is hard. Hard is both an adjective and an adverb. Interpret this how you wish.

Barely made it in under the wire on this one late Sunday night, when I decided the hard texture of a metal lantern in my home would do the trick – shot in black and white, I’m actually rather pleased with it…

Dogwood Week 14

A Moment in the Mountains: Vail

As mentioned in my earlier food-specific post, the Boy went on a work trip to Vail a little bit ago and I was lucky enough to get to come along – my first trip to Colorado! Not my last this year, but we’ll get there when we get there.

Vail View

From what I can tell, Vail is a series of beautiful views punctuated by snow, skiing, and food & drink – so, a very chilly heaven? I’ll run you through a few of the highlights, mostly in photography form. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 13

Week 13 – Story: Golden Hour [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
The golden hour is the hour before sunset or after sunrise when the sun casts amazing golden tones. Find a way to use the golden hour to tell a story.

The golden hour turned out to be tricky purely because you have to catch it – miss it, and your moment is gone. I managed to catch a multi-metallic scene on a balcony in Vail (tough life, I know…).

Dogwood Week 13

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 12

Week 12 – Artistic: Orange [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is orange. Either the color orange or an actual orange. Or both.

We took a photo walk to the nearest farmers’ market (this photo challenge is really getting us out and about) for this week’s challenge, and I spotted these gorgeous red and yellow golden beets at one of the produce stands – totally evocative, in my opinion, of orange.

Dogwood Week 12

Eating Out: Otium

Last weekend, the Boy and I joined my mother downtown to see Fun Home at the Ahmanson (it was great – highly recommend!). We went down a little early to take photos for our weekly photo challenge, then met Mom at Otium near the Broad Museum for an early pre-theater dinner.

We got there around 5:00, before dinner actually started at 5:30 (the show was at 6:00) but decided to hang out, order some cocktails (including the Bartender’s Choice, pictured above, which was a yummy citrusy mezcal concoction based on my request for something refreshing with mezcal), and fill up on their “Snacks” menu until dinner started. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 11

Week 11 – Technical: Split Tone [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Split Tone is an editing technique where the shadows are toned one color, and the highlights a second color. Split toning is often used with color grading in the media to give a scene a desired look and feel.

I figured, if we’re going there, why not GO THERE – and the result? A perhaps overly dramatic but very split-toned photo of a corridor at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. I used this tutorial to figure out how to do the technique in Photoshop.

Dogwood Week 11

Eating In: Kahlo (Mexican Chocolate) Cookies

I received Libbie Summers’s Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude for Christmas, and it didn’t take me long to find an occasion to test it out – a friend’s birthday. I wanted something that was easy to pack and go, so I went with cookies – “Kahlo Cookies,” to be exact. These spiced Mexican chocolate cookies seemed like the perfect balance of interesting and crowd-pleasing – and also, not too difficult (I wasn’t really trying to get into a four layer cake or anything).

Kahlo (Mexican chocolate) Cookies

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 10

Week 10 – Story: Perspective [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Perspective for the purpose of this challenge is the relationship of objects in the scene. If you really want a challenge this is a good chance to use forced perspective.

I dabbled with the idea of forced perspective, but eventually opted to use perspective to create the illusion of some outdoor tropical “art” in our backyard.